Chris Graham

Who’s up for brunch?

By - May 16th, 2010 04:00 am
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No matter what the time of year, weekend mornings have a tradition in Milwaukee — brunch. Since I moved to the city over five years ago, weekends have become a series of mini-adventures as I explore some of this city’s restaurants and their individual take on brunch. From the corporate hotel buffets to the neighborhood diners and hash skillets, Milwaukee has the best and most diverse brunch offerings of any Midwest city.

No matter what your budget, age or neighborhood, there are plenty of choices to check out. One of the highlights of any brunch, as any good citizen of Milwaukee will attest to, is the quality of the restaurant’s Bloody Mary or mimosa. Let’s be honest, this is what brunch is all about. What better way to shake off the baggage (or hangover) from the night before than with a guilt-free morning cocktail?

A follower on Twitter once told me, “If there is no booze, it’s just breakfast.”

Personally, I must have a glass of water, a cup of coffee and a mimosa in front of me before I even think about ordering. Several of my friends will only frequent certain restaurants only because they love the “bloodies.”

Choosing the best brunch location can sometimes be labor intensive. One Sunday morning, I was searching through list after list of area restaurants, but there were no details on the meal itself.  How can one make a decision on where to eat  with such limited information?

Mmm, Bloodies. Photo courtesy KitAy via Flickr

So I set out conquer Milwaukee one brunch at a time and created my own brunch review blog. A highlight from my travels has been Transfer Pizzeria and their Bloody Mary menu for brunch. Not only will their creative food combinations awaken your palette, but each Bloody Mary is custom-made to suit your taste. Select your vodka (two organic options are available), determine your heat level, choose up to four add-ins from a list over 15 and then prepare to taste your creation. Yum.

If you want to branch out and try something different, read the full review on my blog and make plans to head to Transfer this weekend.

Check  ThirdCoast Digest every other weekend for more reviews from my weekend morning outings around our beautiful city, and a sampling of  some of the best (and possibly worst) places   to enjoy brunch in Milwaukee. Hopefully you’ll think of this a directional tool to use in your own culinary adventures…

Where will the wind take us?  Only time will tell. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach, because it’s going to be a fun journey. I hope you enjoy the trip.

Categories: Dining

0 thoughts on “Who’s up for brunch?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Still looking forward to trying those awesome looking bloody marys at Transfer. Thanks for the reminder! And we’ll be watching for your adventures over here, as well as on your blog!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Sounds more like a guide for desperate liquor pigs than a dining review. Between cellphone ‘drunks,’ alcohol drunks and plain old morons, it’s getting dicier to ride a bike around here on weekends. Thanks a heap, pusherman. I hope your next “bloody” isn’t your car hood.

  3. Anonymous says:

    While I understand citydweller’s concern (being a cyclist myself and feeling that people around here tend to hit the sauce too much) I disagree with negativity.

    A fine mimosa and Bloody Mary is an exceptional part of a Sunday brunch..In many dining circumstances, an a aperetif, digestif or a bottle of Pinot and the like are considered an important part of the meal. A thorough competitive analysis of Sunday morning alcoholic beverages is very important; it wouldn’t be a brunch review without it!

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